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We Are D5 Monthly Newsletter

March 2022

Welcome to the We Are D5 Monthly Newsletter! Our mission of this newsletter is to demystify the role of local government in our community and keep you up to date with County politics. As a life long resident of District 5 and now as Pima County Supervisor, it has always been vital to our shared community to know what's going on in our community and how everyone can get involved. Please share widely with your community and as always, please reach out to our team at with any questions or concerns.  (Para español, haga click en el botón de arriba a la derecha y seleccione el idioma español.)


Stay safe,


The People of District 5

Youth Spotlight: Flora Diaz


Flora Diaz is a junior at Cholla High School. Her favorite subject is history, specifically her Mexican-American history class because “What we are taught (in other history classes) isn’t right. He (the teacher) teaches us the truth.” Flora has volunteered at Pima County Teen Court as a Teen Attorney and connecting minors with the services they need for four years. In her free time, she also volunteers at a no-kill cat shelter. During non-pandemic times she plays basketball. In the future she wants to go into nursing or become an athletic trainer. The accomplishments she is most proud of are overcoming her fears of public speaking at Teen Court, being able to learn new things, and not losing her first language, Spanish.

If you know a young person in our community who you think should be highlighted, please email and nominate a youth!

Women's Spotlight: Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith

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Photo courtesy of UA Human Rights Practice

  • “Mother” of ethnic studies in Tucson

  • Studied law and philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico, D.F. 

  • Founding faculty in history at Pima Community College

  • Co-Director of the Binational Migration Institute at the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona

  • Primary focus of her research: history of Mexicanas and Chicanas

  • Author of “Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert: La Vida no vale nada”

Business Spotlight: Boca Tacos


According to her Instagram, Maria Mazon is a Mama+Wife+Executive Chef & Owner of Boca Tacos & Sona Tortillas (a tortilla shop in the patio of Boca Tacos). She is a semifinalist for the 2022 James Beard Foundation Best Chef (Southwest) award. She was also a season 18 contestant on Top Chef. Mazon was born in Tucson and grew up in Sonora, Mexico. “On my chef coat, I have Sonora on one side and Tucson on the other. It’s a mesh of who I am as a cook. They are one country to me. And that one country is my kitchen.” Boca Tacos sells Gourmet Tacos and original salsas.

They are located at 533 N 4th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705.

COVID-19 Updates


We are at low transmission for COVID-19!

  • Case Rate per 100,000 population: 63.88

  • New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population: 4.6

  • % Staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 2%

CDC Weekly Metrics Used to Determine the COVID-19 Community Level for Pima County

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, vaccinations, boosters, and testing, please visit the Pima County Health Department's website.

Policy Updates

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March Events

World Water Day Teach In

Thank you to everyone attended our World Water Day Teach-In on March 22nd with the Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) and to our special guests Dr. Susanna Eden and Assistant City Manager Tim Thomure for sharing their expertise with us! We also appreciate Dr. Sharon Megdal's presentation on the importance of World Water Day which she recorded before leaving for a conference in Dubai. Gracias! Zoom recording can be found here.

For more information, visit ¡Agua es vida!

D5 Youth Art Contest Exhibition

On Friday March 25th, District 5 celebrated the 122 artists and their families who participated in our first Youth Art Contest at a very successful art exhibition held in the courtyard of the Pima County Historic Courthouse. We all enjoyed the chance to be together with live music, refreshments, and activities, and our office was so happy to be able to celebrate these young artists' talent and hard work dedicated to the question, "Why do you love District 5?"

Thank you and felicidades to all of the artists, the schools and educators, community members, and Pima County departments who came together and made such a beautiful evening possible! 

Santa Cruz River Cleanup

On Saturday March 26th, District 5 worked with Tucson City Councilmember Lane Santa Cruz and Tucson Clean and Beautiful to host a Santa Cruz River Cleanup near Congress St. Nearly 50 community members joined us in the effort, where we collected over 50 large bags of trash from the river.

Thank you to Sunnyside Unified Schoolboard member Eva Dong, Latinx in Action Club from Cholla High School, IBEW Local 570, The Trashy Divas, The Sonoran Institute, and members from the Barrio Kroger Lane, Menlo Park, Manzo, and Ironwood neighborhood associations for joining the effort!

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